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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Benefits of breast reconstruction

Posted Oct 25 2011 3:48am

Breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. survivors who undergo a breast reconstruction after mastectomy are found to have considerable benefits only three weeks after surgery.

In MSmultiple sclerosis-TRAM or DIEP flap breast reconstructive surgery, abdominalRelating to the abdomen, which is the region of the body between the chest and the pelvis. tissueA group of cells with a similar structure and a specialised function. is used to reconstruct the breast while simultaneously giving a ‘tummy tuck’. A study carried out by researchers from the University of Toronto carried out follow-ups with 51 women who had one of these forms of breast reconstruction in 2009–2010. The questionnaires sent out to women prior to the surgery and then again three weeks and three months after surgery found that most patients experienced considerable improvements only three weeks after surgery.

Within three weeks of the breast reconstructive surgery patients experienced considerable improvements in sexual wellbeing as well as significant improvements in psychological and social wellbeing. The main negative aspect of surgery was the deterioration of strength in the abdomenThe part of the body that contains the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder and other organs. which was found by most of the women.

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